Jardin Botanique (Montréal)

We loved the international installations at the Botanical Gardens two years ago. They were in competition and the exhibits were stunning. As a result, we didn’t spend much time in the permanent features of the Jardin Botanique. This time there are no temporary exhibits so we experience the glory of this living green space for what … [Read more…]

Just for Laughs (2015)

Annually, Montréal sponsors a series of gala performances put on by some of the most famous stand-up comics. This year Norm MacDonald, that lady from Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Stewart, Mike Myers, and a bunch of others are performing, but they go on late and tickets are pricy. So, we’ve never been to a … [Read more…]

A Day in Vermont

Further to my expedition to find the elusive Heady Topper, I participate in some extemporaneous activities in the beautiful green state of Vermont with my lovely sister-in-law April. I remember from an Oprah episode where the von Trapp adult children were featured that they had settled in the United States in New England so I am … [Read more…]

The Great Heady Topper Adventure

At the very top of BeerAdvocate.com’s list of Top 250 Beers, as rated by their users (who are quite particular), stands an American Double India Pale Ale brewed by The Alchemist in Waterbury, VT called Heady Topper. While I’ve checked the list many times to check for new brews and to see if anything Canadian … [Read more…]

Day 1 in Montréal

Got into Montreal on a Tuesday for nearly 3 weeks of relaxing in this gorgeous city. We hit the ground running yesterday. We began by stopping into a 24/7 outdoor produce market on our way to Mont Royal. Amber wanted something local so she picked up some sour cherries which we enjoyed during out picnic … [Read more…]

Travelling to Northern BC

Every year. Every year since I’ve met my wife*, I have made the trek north to Smithers, Hazelton, Kispiox, etc., BC to visit her mom, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends. It’s a very long drive. Interestingly, it’s essentially the same distance from Edmonton as it currently is from Calgary: 1,150 kms. While it would only … [Read more…]

vapors

276 years ago a certain François “le jeune” Robichaud (my 6th great grandfather or 8 generations back) marries Marie LeBorgne de Belleisle, a woman of noble French lineage, but also the great-grand-daughter of the Madokawondo, Chief of the Penobscot Tribe. François and Marie escaped the Great Dispersion of Acadians in 1755 with 5 young children. … [Read more…]